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Column 797Peres plans to meet the Jordanian Prime Minister and the United States Secretary of State, on the Jordanian side of the border on 20 July, to discuss economic issues.
Mr. Worthington : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he next expects an announcement to be made by the Kuwaiti Government in respect of orders for United Kingdom ships ; and what size and type of vessel is involved.
Mr. Aitken I have been asked to reply.
The Kuwaiti Government is currently considering bids for eight 42m fast patrol boats from British, French and German shipyards. Vosper Thornycroft are a leading contender.
I am unwilling to speculate when an announcement is likely to be made as the Kuwaiti Minister of Defence has recently stated that the bids are still under consideration.
Mr. Tom Clarke : To ask the President of the Board of Trade what was the total value of claims and recoveries to the Export Credits Guarantee Department in each of the last five years ; and how much of each of these was in relation to defence exports.
|Claims |Recoveries |£ million |£ million -------------------------------------------- 1989-90 |912.9 |229.1 1990-91 |967.5 |224.9 1991-92 |954.1 |187.2 1992-93 |734.3 |157.1 <1>1993-94 |517.5 |177.0 <1> Provisional.
ECGD does not record claims and recoveries by industry sector. It is thus not possible to provide the breakdown which the hon. Gentleman has requested.
Mr. Neil Hamilton : Neither my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade nor I have recently had discussions with the regional brewers about the tie or public house management. However, my officials are in regular contact with individual regional brewers and Independent Family Brewers of Britain, which represents many local brewers, on a number of issues of concern to the brewing industry.
I am aware that some brewers are concerned that the EC Commission may bring forward proposals to amend or rescind regulation 1984/83, which concerns beer supply agreements. The regulation is due to expire at the end of 1997 and the EC Commission has said that it will not begin
Column 798to review it until 1996 at the earliest. The Government will, of course, take into account the views of all interested parties when considering any proposals that the Commission may bring forward during that review.
Mr. Neil Hamilton : Regional brewers have benefited greatly from the guest beer provision of the 1989 beer orders, which has enabled many to sell their cask-conditioned beer in tied pubs owned by the national brewers. They have also been able to acquire pubs sold by national brewers who were obliged to reduce the size of their tied estates to comply with the provisions of the beer orders.
Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the President of the Board of Trade, further to his letter dated 11 July 1985, concerning pay of directors in answer to the written question from the hon. Member for Great Grimsby, whether he will now publish his letter, dated 11 July 1985, with the two enclosures, concerning the emoluments of the chairmen and highest-paid directors of large industrial and commercial companies.
Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the President of the Board of Trade, further to his letter dated 11 July 1985 about the pay of directors of plcs in answer to the written question from the hon. Member for Great Grimsby (1) whether he will publish a table showing the same information for the most recent years for which corresponding figures are available ;
(2) whether he will bring the two tables concerning the emoluments of chairmen and highest paid directors of plcs enclosed with his letter up to date with the full figures for 1983 as mentioned there together with those for subsequent years.
Mr. Neil Hamilton : The information requested is not readily available. It ceased to be compiled from 1990, and obtaining information for 1983 to 1990 from archive data could be achieved only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Eggar : Liberalisation of electricity markets will put downward pressure on electricity prices and will help to provide a level playing field in electricity supply in the European Union, particularly for energy- intensive industries. The opening of markets will create new investment opportunities for the United Kingdom electricity companies which do not exist at present.
Column 799trading standards departments and/or environmental health enforcement ; what proposals were made by those authorities ; and what position his Department took on such proposals.
Mr. McLoughlin [holding answer 13 July 1994] : My officials approached the trading standards departments of the City of Westminster and the London boroughs of Wandsworth and Bromley. None of the authorities is proposing to contract out its trading standards function ; however, the London borough of Bromley is considering contracting out some trading standards work. My Department has noted the position and continues to monitor developments.
Mr. Worthington : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security (1) what are the major reasons for the increase in the amounts recovered by the compensation recovery unit between 1990-91 and 1993-94 ;
(2) if he will provide a breakdown of the main sources of income from the compensation recovery unit ;
(3) from how many asbestosis victims the compensation recovery unit recovered money in 1993-94 ; and what were the amounts involved.
Letter from Michael Bichard to Mr. Tony Worthington, dated 14 July 1994 :
The Secretary of State for Social Security has asked me to reply to your recent Parliamentary Questions asking (a) the main sources of income for the Compensation Recovery Unit (b) from how many asbestosis victims the Compensation Recovery Unit recovered money in 1993-94 and (c) what are the major reasons for the increase in the amounts recovered by the Compensation Recovery Unit between 1990-91 and 1993-94.
During the financial year 1993-94, £81.9 million was recovered by the Compensation Recovery Unit (CRU). The main sources of this income were as follows :
£ millions Benefit |Amount -------------------------------------------------------- Invalidity Benefit |35.2 Statutory Sick Pay |16.7 Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit |9.2 Income Support |5.8 Reduced Earnings Allowance |5.5 Sickness Benefit |3.5 Disability Living Allowance |2.8 Mobility Allowance |1.1
The remaining £2.1 million was made up of the following benefits :
Unemployment Benefit, Attendance Allowance, Constant Attendance Allowance, Retirement Allowance, Family Credit, Severe Disablement Allowance, Disability Working Allowance and Exceptionally Severe Disablement Allowance.
During the same period the number of asbestosis cases where recovery was made by the CRU was 157 and the total amount recovered in relation to these cases was £408,665.
There are two main reasons for the increase in the amounts recovered by the CRU between 1990-91 and 1993-94 :
firstly, the number of claims notified to the CRU has increased significantly over the years by some 49 per cent. since 1991 ;
Column 800secondly, the Compensation Recovery legislation only relates to accidents or diseases which occurred on or after 1 January 1989. Settlements which occurred in 1990-91 resulted in recovery of benefits which had been paid for one or two years only. As the more protracted claims come to settlement, up to five years of benefits are now being recovered.
I hope you find this reply helpful.
Dr. Lynne Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what consideration he has given to changing the child support formula so that children from the first and second families of the absent parent and any stepchildren for whom he or she may be caring are all treated equally when a maintenance assessment is carried out.
Mr. Burt : It is a basic principle of child support that, once his or her own personal living costs are met, the first duty of a parent is the support of his or her own children. Where an absent parent has stepchildren in his current family, the stepchildren's natural father has prime responsibility for their support.
However, although the main child support formula does not treat stepchildren as the absent parent's own by making allowance for their living costs, their needs are taken into account when the protected income calculation is made. This ensures that the absent parent and his family will remain significantly above income support levels after the payment of child support maintenance. The changes which we introduced in February increased this protection and will be particularly helpful to absent parents with step-families.
Ms Walley : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many claims of disablement benefit in respect of chronic bronchitis or emphysema have been made by persons currently on income support benefit since September 1993 ; how many of these claims have been successful ; and in which circumstances it can be financially advantageous for those suffering from chronic bronchitis or emphysema to be successful in claiming disablement benefit.
Mr. Scott : The information is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. Industrial injuries disablement benefit is payable in addition to other incapacity and disability benefits, but is taken into account in assessing entitlement to income-related benefits.
Ms Walley : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what steps he will take to ensure that those in receipt of chronic bronchitis or emphysema disablement benefit receive this payment as compensation for a prescribed disease or illness which they have suffered.
non-contributory, non means-tested, tax-free benefits on a no-fault basis to workers disabled by industrial accidents or prescribed diseases. Industrial injuries disablement benefit in respect of chronic bronchitis and emphysema, as prescribed, is payable on this basis.
Column 801reductions in Department of the Environment housing expenditure between 1992-93 and 1993-94 ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Hague : The information is not available. The link between reductions in Department of the Environment housing expenditure and social security expenditure and tax revenues is not direct and is affected by the complex interaction of a number of factors.
Ms Harman : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will publish a table setting out for every year since 1988-89 how rents paid by claimants of (a) rent rebate and (b) rent allowance, divided between those claimants who are housing association tenants and those who are private sector tenants, have risen relative to the retail prices index ; how much of the increase in spending on each of these benefits is accounted for by such increases above inflation ; and if he will make a statement.
Year Rent Rebate Rent Allowance RPI Eligible Rent<2> Percentage All Tenants Housing<3> Other Private |increase |Association |£ |Eligible Rent<2>|Percentage |£ |£ |Per cent. |£ |increase --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- May 1988 |18.84 |- |21.32 |- |- |- |4.2 May 1989 |20.57 |9.2 |24.29 |13.9 |- |- |8.3 May 1990 |23.62 |14.8 |29.42 |21.1 |- |- |9.7 May 1991 |27.29 |15.5 |35.75 |21.5 |- |- |5.8 May 1992 |30.48 |11.7 |41.67 |16.6 |36.54 |48.57 |4.3 Data Sources: The Housing Benefit Management Information System annual one percent sample of May in each year and the Employment Gazette, which provides figures based on the increase in the Retail Price Index from May of the previous year to May of the year shown. <1> Figures on the extent to which increases in spending on rent rebate and rent allowance are due to increases in rents over inflation are not available. <2> Data on rent paid is not available, therefore, the information relates to the amount of rent eligible for Housing Benefit. <3> Discrete information for Housing Association tenants was not collected before 1992.
Ms Harman : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security (1) if he will publish a table setting out the number of people who have taken up the disregard in family credit to meet part of the cost of child care, as announced in the Budget, divided between (a) male and female claimants and (b) those who were already in work before the introduction of this reform and those who have moved from unemployment into paid employment since its introduction ; and if he will make a statement ;
(2) if he will publish an estimate of the number of people who have taken up the disregard in family credit to meet part of the cost of child care, as announced in the Budget ; what his estimate is of the average additional amount of family credit which they will each receive ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Burt : We plan to introduce the child care disregard from 4 October 1994. Our best estimates are that about 150,000 families will benefit from it, of whom about 100,000 will already be in paid work and about 50,000 will move into work of 16 hours or more. The extent of additional help will depend in individual cases on earnings, on the cost of the child care and on whether family credit is received alone or in combination with housing benefit and council tax benefit.
Ms Harman : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will publish a table setting out his estimates of the cost in 1994-95 of the disregard in family credit to meet part of the cost of child care, as announced in the Budget, as it affects (a) expenditure on family credit, (b) total expenditure on social security, including any offsetting reductions in spending on other benefits and (c) the public sector borrowing requirement, including any offsetting reductions in spending in other areas and any increase in tax revenues ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Burt : The full-year effects of the proposed child care disregard in family credit, housing benefit, council tax benefit and disability working allowance, to be introduced from October 1994, are expected in the longer term to be as follows :
|£ million pa -------------------------------------------------------------------------- (1) Increase in Family Credit expenditure |+250 (2) Savings on other benefits, mostly Income Support |-190 (3) Net increase in Social Security expenditure |+60 (4) Offsetting increases in Tax and NI revenue |-30 (5) Net increase in Public Sector Borrowing Requirement |+30
Mr. Burns : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how work will progress on his proposals for the new requisite benefits test for contracted-out salary related occupational pension schemes as set out in his White Paper "Security, Equality, Choice : The Future for Pensions" published on 23 June.
Mr. Hague : A technical consultation paper is being issued today. The paper seeks views on the detailed criteria of our proposals for the new requisite benefits test, including definitions of pensionable salary and the role of scheme actuaries. It is being issued to a number of interested parties and is available to others on request. I have arranged for copies to be placed in the Library.
Column 803column 678 , if he will allocate the public sector assets to broad areas of spend, distinguishing between the Government and non-governmental public sector in cash and real terms for the years specified.
Mr. Portillo : Table 8.2 of the "Statistical Supplement to the 1992 Autumn Statement", Cm. 2219, provided a detailed breakdown of public sector asset creation by spending sector and function between 1987-88 and 1992-93. Table 1.8 of the "Statistical Supplement to the
Column 804Financial Statement and Budget Report 1994- 95", Cm. 2519, provides a similar breakdown of public sector capital spending, on a national accounts definition, between 1988-89 and 1996-97. Annex A to chapter 5 of the "Financial Statement and Budget Report 1994-95" explains the relationship between asset creation and the national accounts definition of capital spending.
The table gives a breakdown of public sector capital spending, on a national accounts definition, in real terms between 1989-90 and 1996-97.
Public sector capital by spending sector and function, 1989-90 to 1996-97 in real terms <1>£ million |1989-90 |1990-91 |1991-92 |1992-93 |1993-94 |1994-95 |1995-96 |1996-97 |outturn |outturn |outturn |outturn |estimated|plans |plans |plans |outturn -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Central Government Own Defence |663 |566 |638 |649 |707 |700 |-100 |500 Overseas services including overseas aid |85 |90 |124 |147 |174 |100 |100 |100 Agriculture, fisheries, foods and forestry |173 |633 |497 |429 |454 |200 |200 |200 Trade, industry, energy and employment |797 |750 |604 |531 |625 |700 |700 |700 of which: Regional and general industrial support |500 |395 |313 |224 |264 |300 |300 |200 National roads |1,824 |2,254 |2,142 |2,196 |2,278 |2,100 |2,000 |2,000 Other transport |68 |35 |33 |36 |43 |- |- |- Housing |1,206 |1,813 |2,194 |2,559 |2,044 |1,600 |1,500 |1,500 Other environmental services |232 |221 |240 |404 |448 |300 |300 |200 Prisons |450 |527 |451 |355 |293 |300 |200 |200 Other law, order and protective services |255 |278 |277 |294 |278 |300 |200 |200 Education |541 |576 |633 |629 |842 |800 |1,000 |1,100 National heritage |160 |180 |200 |191 |170 |200 |500 |500 Hospital and community health services |1,671 |1,769 |1,589 |1,402 |1,064 |500 |600 |500 Other health and personal social services |142 |152 |163 |185 |135 |100 |100 |100 Social security |372 |332 |353 |356 |386 |300 |300 |200 Miscellaneous |510 |629 |655 |419 |498 |500 |400 |400 Total central government |9,148 |10,802 |10,793 |10,781 |10,442 |8,800 |8,100 |8,600 Local Authorities Agriculture, fisheries, foods and forestry |43 |55 |46 |9 |33 |- |- |- Trade, industry, energy employment |15 |9 |12 |9 |26 |- |- |- Local roads |1,279 |1,106 |1,215 |1,283 |1,494 |- |- |- Other transport |246 |174 |139 |186 |180 |- |- |- Housing |2,635 |1,414 |1,966 |1,688 |1,460 |- |- |- Other environmental services |1,257 |1,211 |1,334 |1,370 |1,579 |- |- |- Law, order and protective services |376 |304 |331 |359 |361 |- |- |- Education |1,038 |916 |914 |904 |902 |- |- |- National heritage |510 |383 |301 |234 |296 |- |- |- Personal social services |228 |201 |172 |166 |205 |- |- |- Total local authorities |7,627 |5,773 |6,430 |6,208 |6,536 |5,500 |5,000 |4,750 Public Corporations Electricity industries |2,600 |2,487 |788 |542 |426 |300 |100 |100 British Rail |685 |1,031 |1,337 |1,523 |1,067 |800 |700 |600 Other nationalised industries |2,146 |1,236 |1,066 |1,366 |1,396 |1,200 |1,200 |1,300 Other public corporations |772 |1,097 |1,356 |1,705 |2,243 |2,800 |2,700 |2,700 Total public corporations |6,204 |5,851 |4,547 |5,136 |5,133 |5,200 |4,800 |4,800 Allocation from the reserve |- |- |- |- |- |300 |600 |900 plus national accounts adjustment |1,204 |450 |628 |1,076 |1,003 |900 |900 |900 Total public sector |24,183 |22,876 |22,398 |23,201 |23,114 |20,750 |19,500 |20,000 <1> 1992-93 prices.
Mr. David Nicholson : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimates he has, for the latest tax year, of the number of people over retirement age (a) who pay no income tax at all, (b) who pay income tax only at the 20 per cent. rate, (c) who pay more than (i) £100, (ii) £500, (iii) £1,000 and (iv) £3,000 in income tax in the year.
|Numbers |(millions) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (a) Non-taxpayers aged 65 or over |6.2 (b) Taxpayers aged 65 or over liable only at 20 per cent. |1.1 (c) Taxpayers aged 65 or over with liabilities of (i) over £100 |2.7 (ii)over £500 |1.8 (iii) over £1,000 |1.2 (iv) over £3,000 |0.4
(2) what are the reasons for the delay in the publication of United Kingdom trade figures with individual EU countries and with the EU as a whole ; and when he hopes to be able to publish these figures on a monthly basis.
Mr. Nelson : The Central Statistical Office restarted publication of monthly estimates of the total value of the United Kingdom's visible trade with the world, including figures for trade with the European Community, on 11 October 1993. Since then, it has published aggregate details for trade with the European Community for every month, including details for trade with individual countries, 10 weeks after the end of the month. This information is available on the Central Statistical Office database, which can be accessed through the Library of the House. The full detailed statistics for every month are made available approximately 14 weeks after the end of the month through marketing agents appointed by Customs and Excise. It is planned to reduce this delay in publication to 10 or 11 weeks by the end of March 1995.
Comparable statistics for trade with countries outside the European Community are available six weeks after the end of a month. This difference in the availability of the two sets of statistics is due to differing systems of collection. The statistics on trade with European Community countries are not released until response from industry is such that the statistics are of an acceptable quality.
Sir Teddy Taylor : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the latest estimate of the United Kingdom's gross contributions to the European Union in 1995, after rebate ; and what he expects will be the gross contribution in 1994.
Sir John Cope [holding answer 11 July 1994] : The Government's latest estimate of the United Kingdom's gross contributions to EC institutions for the calendar year 1994 is set out in the "Statement on the 1994 Community
Column 806Budget" Cm. 2486, which was published in March this year. The Government's estimate for the calendar year 1995 will be published in next year's statement.
Last year, I commissioned Positive Solutions to undertake a study of management practice in local authority arts facilities and ways in which it might be improved.
The consultants have produced a thorough report, reflecting extensive consultation with local authorities, arts organisations, the commercial sector and others : a copy is being placed in the Library. Taken with the recent Arts Council survey of local authority expenditure on the arts, it shows that local authorities are very significant supporters of all forms of arts provision, both through direct assistance of artists and entertainers and through the provision of facilities for arts events either in purpose-built venues or in other general purpose facilities. I am pleased to pay tribute to local authorities' work in ensuring a high quality and innovative arts sector, accessible to all.
The report shows that there have been significant improvements in local authorities' management of arts facilities. Since the Audit Commission's report on arts and entertainment in 1991, greater attention is now paid to such matters as the definition and communication of arts policies and the control of expenditure against agreed plans and targets.
Nevertheless, there is general agreement that performance varies greatly between authorities and that there remains considerable scope for management improvements. There is also further scope for authorities to encourage the growth of private sector competition in the longer term.
I therefore propose to review with local authorities a detailed programme of voluntary mechanisms for implementing management improvements where they have not already been adopted. Specific areas to cover include identification of a client-side function within authorities ; development of performance indicators similar to those developed by the Audit Commission for other areas of local authority services ; establishment of service level agreements ; monitoring of performance against agreed performance targets ; mechanisms for effective consumer feedback ; and scrutiny of staff terms and conditions. In addition, as means of promoting competition I shall explore with local authorities mechanisms to encourage them to introduce efficiencies of scale through cluster management and to exercise customer choice within the internal market of their facilities.
I shall aim to conclude this review by the end of 1994-95, with a view to implementing its conclusions from the following year. I would propose to assess the progress which authorities have made on this voluntary basis in two years' time.
I am confident that the resulting changes will improve management standards in arts facilities and be to the benefit of users, artists, local authority staff and local taxpayer alike.
Ms Primarolo : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the standard of treatment given by police surgeons to detainees compared with standard national health service treatment.
Mr. Sackville : Arrangements for the provision of services of police surgeons are a matter for individual police authorities. I understand that police surgeons are predominantly national health service general practitioners. There is no reason why the standard of treatment given by police surgeons to detainees should be any different from that given to NHS patients.
Mr. Milburn : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list by wave (a) the number of non-executive directors of NHS trust hospitals and (b) the number of chairs of NHS trust hospitals by salary band.
Dr. Mawhinney : Information on the numbers of trust chairmen by salary band is not available centrally. The number of chairmen and non- executive directors of national health service trusts by wave is shown in the table.
|Chairmen |Non-executive |directors -------------------------------------------------------- First Wave |49 |246 Second Wave |91 |458 Third Wave |136 |668 Fourth Wave |143 |707
Mr. Bayley : To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what proportion of patients admitted for day case surgery in (a) England, (b) each regional health authority and (c) each hospital or trust between January and March for (i) inguinal hernia repair, (ii) arthroscopy of the knee, (iii) cataract extraction and (iv) laparoscopy with sterilisation had their condition successfully treated by that surgical intervention ;
(2) what proportion of patients admitted for surgery in (a) England, (b) each regional health authority and (c) each hospital or trust between January and March in (i) general surgery, (ii) urology, (iii) trauma and orthopaedics, (iv) ear, nose and throat, (v) ophthalmology, (vi) oral surgery, (vii) plastic surgery and (viii) gynaecology whose condition was successfully treated by that intervention.
Mr. Sackville : The information is not available centrally. General practitioners and local health authorities are encouraged to collect information on outcomes at local level to judge the quality of service provided. The Department has a range of initiatives aimed at developing and promoting methods to support this function. These are described in a leaflet on the work of the central health outcomes unit, copies of which are available in the Library.
Mr. Bayley : To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what percentage of patients admitted to hospital in (a) England, (b) each regional health authority and (c) each hospital or trust between January and March for surgery
Column 808subsequently died before discharge in (i) general surgery, (ii) urology, (iii) trauma and orthopaedics, (iv) ear, nose and throat, (v) ophthalmology, (vi) oral surgery, (vii) plastic surgery and (viii) gynaecology ;
(2) what percentage of patients admitted to hospital in (i) England, (ii) each regional health authority and (iii) each hospital or trust between January and March for (a) acute myocardial infarction, (b) congestive heart failure, (c) pneumonia/influenza, (d) stroke, (e) sepsis, blood poisoning, (f) hip replacement/recontruction, (g) prostatectomy, (h) gall bladder removal, (i) initial pacemaker insertion, (j) maternity, (k) angioplasty, (l) coronary artery bypass graft and (m) all admissions, subsequently died before discharge ;
(3) what percentage of patients were admitted to hospital in (a) England, (b) each regional health authority and (c) each hospital or trust between January and March 1993 for surgery who lived for not less than (A) 90 days, (B) 180 days and (C) one year after their operation in (i) general surgery, (ii) urology, (iii) trauma and orthopaedics, (iv) ear, nose and throat, (v) ophthalmology, (vi) oral surgery, (vii) plastic surgery and (viii) gynaecology ;
(4) what percentage of patients admitted to NHS hospitals between January and March subsequently died before discharge in hospitals with (a) 1 to 49, (b) 50 to 99, (c) 100 to 299, (d) 300 to 499, (e) 500 to 999 and (f) 1,000 plus beds.